Western countries are ready to collaborate with anyone if it helps to inflict harm on Russia, President Vladimir Putin said following the ceremony awarding Gold Star medals to Heroes of the Russian Federation

Iran PressEurope: Russian President Vladimir Putin stated: "They are ready for everything, ready to cooperate with anyone, just to inflict some harm on Russia."

The West tried to push Russia away, to weaken it, and finally crush the country, but it would never happen, the president added.

"There was an attempt to push Russia away, weaken and crush it eventually. They [the West] will never and ever be able to do it," Putin said.

The president vowed to pay visits to Russia’s new territories. 219